Shogun Assassin (1980) | Banned, bootlegged and bodged – this samurai cinema classic has never been equalled!
Shogun Assassin is the notorious medieval manga chanbara classic from 1980 which famously got banned in the UK on its original release owing to its extreme violence and gets a screening tonight on Film4 at 11.45pm.
Sword and sorcery …with a vengeance!
Known in Japan as Kozure Ōkami, Shogun Assassin was compiled from the first two films in the famed Lone Wolf and Cub manga series of the mid-1970s. After being framed for disloyalty to his clan lord, disgraced ronin Itto Ogami aka Lone Wolf (Tomisaburô Wakayama) travels the country as an expert assassin-for-hire, with his three-year-old son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) in tow. Littering the countryside with piles of bodies, Lone Wolf’s bloodlust knows no bounds until his thirst for vengeance is finally quenched…
This crazy nihilistic thrill-ride is even more blood-soakingly brilliant if you can lay your hands on the 2010 limited edition dual format steelcase or the 2011 Blu-ray release from Eureka! Entertainment, which presents Shogun Assassin uncut and restored to its original aspect ratio, and features Samuel L Jackson giving his appreciation of the film (amongst the other extras). Finally its goodbye to my dodgy old VIPCO VHS copy.
Posted on February 4, 2015, in Cult classic, Must-See, World Cinema and tagged 1980 Japanese manga, Cult classic, Japanese cinema, Kozure Ōkami, Must See, Samurai film, Shogun Assassin, Tomisaburô Wakayama, VIPCO, World Cinema. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.